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Interviews

'We know we are in safe hands'
Moonmoon Ghosh
New Delhi, September 16, 2010
First Published: 01:13 IST(16/9/2010)
Last Updated: 12:28 IST(17/9/2010)

England, who will field a full-strength squad in squash for the Commonwealth Games, boast of some of the best players. World No 4 Alison Waters will participate in singles, doubles and mixed doubles at the Siri Fort Sports Complex. In an interview with Hindustan Times, the 26-year-old spoke about security issues, her expectations and England's chances. Excerpts: 

There has been lot of negative reports about the Games
You always get negative press surrounding a big event like the Commonwealth Games, in terms of security and if the venues will be ready. We try not to read too much into what is going on. We're confident that everything will be in place.

Are you concerned about the security?
You always get negative press surrounding a big event like the Commonwealth Games, in terms of security and if the venues will be ready. We try not to read too much into what is going on. We're confident that everything will be in place.

How has your practice been so far?
I came back from a six-week trip and was playing tournaments in Malaysia, Singapore, Canberra and Hong Kong. I'll be playing the World Open (in Egypt from Wednesday), before the Games.

England have realistic medal prospects here..
We are hoping to go back with a good haul, as we should be seeded high in all the events. Personally, I would love to come back with a medal or two but the competition is tough. We take one match at a time and go from there.

What are your chances in the doubles and mixed doubles draw?
We don't know where we are seeded, as the draws aren't out yet. We've prepared well for doubles and if we play to our potential, we can get a medal. All the teams are tough. The game is such a leveller. We might be highly ranked in singles, but it counts for nothing in doubles.

Do you think 'home advantage' works in squash, which, unlike football, doesn't have a huge viewership?
It's enjoyable playing a big event at home as you get a good crowd and support. So that can work in your favour with the home advantage. It can spur you on even more.

How well can the Indian players perform at home?
India have good young players in Dipika (Pallikal) and Joshna (Chinappa). They’ll look to perform in singles and also in doubles. Playing at home could prove to be either good or bad, but they could be ones to watch out for in the doubles


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